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ECL on Schedule to Open Fall Semester
by Carla Blumenthal

East Campus Library exterior
East Campus Library exterior.  Square-shaped portion of building will house book stacks and offices.

Construction on James Madison University’s (JMU) East Campus Library (ECL), is now complete, and the building is on schedule to be ready for use by mid-August, in time for Fall 2008 Semester.  Library staff are planning various open house events for Fall Semester, and a formal Grand Opening is scheduled for September.


“The building project reached ‘substantial completion’ on March 20,” explains Sandy Maxfield, head of Public Services and Technology, who has been working closely with the JMU’s Facilities Management and contractors on the building project.  “This is a contractor’s term, meaning construction is complete and control of the building is turned over to us.”  Nielson Construction Company of Harrisonburg has been the contractor for the project.

ECL's curved "wing" will contain open study areas.


Several months remain before the new library is open for business. The next step will be a thorough cleaning of the building’s interior, standard procedure after a building project.  During April, library and university personnel will begin moving furniture, equipment, and shelving into the building.  Approximately 24,000 linear feet of shelving will be set up in the building’s open stacks.  Library staff will move into their offices in ECL in late May. 


The library is contracting with a moving company specializing in library book collections to relocate necessary book collections in Carrier to the ECL.  This move will happen in mid-June and take about a week to complete.  In the period after the collections are moved to ECL but prior to the building's opening, users will be able to request those materials through the Libraries' delivery service. The collections to be housed in the ECL include the general science, biology, chemistry, mathematics, geology, agriculture, health sciences/medicine, technology, and computer sciences book collections. Journal and media collections that support curricula on East Campus will also be moved to the ECL. 


ECL stacks interior
ECL stacks area before shelving is moved in.  The ceiling fixtures will illuminate aisles between shelves.

Approximately 25 percent of the book collections will be moving to the ECL. The remaining book collections, covering mainly the humanities and social sciences, will stay in Carrier Library.  These collections will be reorganized within Carrier to accommodate newly opened space in the stacks, provide room for those collections to grow, and make materials easier to find.


The ECL will contain 45 group study rooms that will allow for more group collaboration. The building also will have spacious lounge and seating areas and full wireless Internet access throughout the library.  A Java City coffee shop will be on the premises. A 24-hour study area, with a secured entrance accessible through the use of a JAC card, will be available for students.  The fifth floor will have meeting and work spaces devoted to faculty, including the Center for Faculty Innovation, and a second location for the Center for Instructional Technology.


In mid-May the CISAT Library, currently housed in 2021 Health and Human Services Building, will move to temporary quarters on the ground floor of HHS for the summer term, and will close permanently in July.  The current CISAT Library space will be renovated for use as an Engineering Lab.

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